Courts & Cases

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Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot holds the Sandra J. Otaka Trailblazer Award she was awarded Tuesday evening at the St. Jane Hotel during the annual Asian American Bar Association installation and award dinner. Standing to Lightfoot’s right is Jane Funk, an attorney at Xact Data Discovery and AABA board member, with new bar association President Gary Zhao with SmithAmundsen LLC on the mayor’s left. – Bill Richert

Asian bar leader Zhao aims to raise profile

A recent study, “A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law,” revealed Asian Americans make up nearly 5% of lawyers in the country but remain woefully underrepresented in leadership positions throughout the profession.
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High court highlights: The September docket

The state’s top court comes back for its September session next week to hear 19 cases after taking a four-month break.
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Amtrak derailment victims awarded $17M

A team of attorneys at Clifford Law Offices obtained a nearly $17 million verdict Friday on behalf of victims injured in a 2017 Amtrak derailment in Washington state.

Trial Notebook

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Bid to ship case to new court fails

Trying to avoid the one-year deadline for removing a case to federal court based on diversity of citizenship, James Toomsen and Michael Wiarda relied on the exception for cases where the plaintiff “acted in bad faith in order to prevent a defendant from removing the action.”

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